I have looked into a spinal cord stimulator to treat severe back pain caused by 4 different spinal conditions. Overall, most studies have shown a large reduction in amount of pain and an increase in quality of life. It's important to remember that people react differently, so while it may help for one person, it may not help for another.
One eyecatching aspect of spinal cord stimulators is that you do a trial test before the stimulator is actually implanted into your spine.
Hi, I have an SCS implanted (for CRPS) I have found that it has greatly helped my pain and as AmbrielleLyn said, it did greatly therefore improve my quality of life. As well as there being a trail before the SCS is fully implanted, they should do a small psychological test as well, this is to check that you will still be ok if the trail does not work. SCS does NOT work for everyone, I do realise that I am one of the lucky people that it does work for. Any question please feel free to send me a direct message.
I don't have a SCS but my boyfriend does. He's actually having an additional lead put in later this week. The SCS has helped him but the initial paddle appears to have been put in too low and doesn't provide enough coverage in his upper back. His doctor also introduced him to what they call "ghost" mode. It's amazing, provides relief but you don't feel it at all. We've been so lucky to find a pm doctor that is on the forefront of the SCS technology.
Been through hell and back with SCS. Steps to do: Find a doctor you 100% trust I was typing out the steps and realize I have a lot of steps. If you are really serious in knowing, please fill free to direct message me. I have some great info. That a lot of people may not think of. Good to have all sides, good and bad. So when you decide on the best doctor, you will be 100% comfortable. A lot of people don't want to talk about what if things go wrong. Good Luck!
My mum has one after doctors failed to diagnose a severe back injury for 14yrs. It halved the amount of medication she was on and helped increase her mobility. She’s still a medical nightmare but she walks, does care work, is totally independent. I don’t think she would be without the neurostim.